From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Steward, William H.

(born: 1847  -  died: 1935) 

A former slave, William H. Steward was the first African American mailman in Louisville, KY. He was also founder of the American Baptist newspaper. Steward served as the acting president of State University [later Simmons University], 1905-1906. He was born in Brandenburg, KY, and educated in a Louisville school run by Rev. Henry Adams. He taught in Louisville and Frankfort and later worked for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Steward was also president of the National Negro Press Association. For more see the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000; and The Fascinating Story of Black Kentuckians by A. A. Dunnigan.

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